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Resilient manufacturers needed for industry-average EPDs

LaGrange, Ga.—The Resilient Floor Covering Institute is updating the resilient flooring industry-average Environmental Product Declarations and looking for resilient flooring manufacturers to participate. Participation in the EPD renewals is open to all resilient flooring manufacturers. Membership in the Resilient Floor Covering Institute is not required.

The industry-average EPDs are ISO 14025 Type III, third-party certified. First published in 2013, they are recognized for contributing credits in LEED v4’s Material and Resources Credit 2. The five EPDs will be updated and reissued in 2018 and include vinyl tile, vinyl composition tile, heterogeneous vinyl, homogeneous vinyl and rubber flooring.

Interested manufacturers should submit a request to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute at 115 Broad Street, Suite 201, LaGrange, GA 30240, or call 706-882-3833.

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J+J Flooring completes EPDs for its standard products

PrintDalton – J+J Flooring Group has completed Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for 100% of its standard products. The company released EPDs for Invision brand products that use PremierBac, TitanBac and Nexus backing systems, adding to the EPDs introduced last September for Kinetex brand products and Invision modular styles with eKo backing.  J+J’s five EPDs are third-party certified by NSF 140.

An EPD is a transparent disclosure of the full lifecycle environmental impact of a product. Type III EPDs are critically reviewed by an unbiased third party and include environmental impacts from raw materials sourcing, manufacturing, installation, use and end of life. The declaration is based on verified, objective criteria according to ISO 14040/14044 standards. 

“We now provide verified, transparent life cycle data on every standard product,” said Russ Delozier, J+J Flooring group director of sustainability. “We are among the first flooring manufacturers to complete this process for our full standard product line, responding to customer demand for a thorough overview of the environmental impact of the products they choose.”

An EPD includes data on every environmental touch point of a product. In addition to examining raw materials and manufacturing processes, the EPD also takes into account packaging, shipping, installation, cleaning and maintenance during product use, and the end-of-life impact of the product. J+J encourages reclamation and recycling of its products to return valuable raw materials to the manufacturing process.

Invision’s PremierBac, TitanBac and Nexus backings are certified to the NSF 140 Gold environmental standard.  Invision’s eKo backing and Kinetex brand products are NSF 140 Platinum certified.

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Dal-Tile gets first EPD for ceramic tile category

daltile-industry-first-epd-north-america-fullDallas—Dal-Tile said it recently completed the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development process for all products manufactured in the company’s North American production facilities.

With third-party validation from PE International and certification by UL Environment, Dal-Tile is the first manufacturer in the ceramic tile category to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts from its products—from Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno brands—with UL Environment certified EPDs. Continue reading Dal-Tile gets first EPD for ceramic tile category

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Next generation of environmental product declarations at Greenbuild 2011

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.—Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) announced new developments that support the call for greater environmental transparency in the green building sector.

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